Finding a great local tour or guide can be the key to an unforgettable trip and technology is making it easier than ever to find someone to show you around an unfamiliar place. But with so many options, how do you choose?
At Lokal, we think the best way to experience a new place is to have a true local share it with you directly. A local guide can lead you to unique experiences that would be near impossible to find on your own. They can help you push your comfort zone and try things that leave a truly lasting impression. And when you pick guides from local community co-ops, associations and family businesses - you can also create real benefits for the people you visit.
We’re building these kinds of local connections around the world because we thought it was simply too hard to find local tours and experiences that provided the authentic connection we crave as travelers.
Peer to peer services like Vayable or Airbnb can help you arrange a city walking tour or find a place to stay if you want a casual, spontaneous way to meet a friendly local person. But they can only connect you to locals who are tech savvy enough to use their sites - which leaves out a lot of people.
Traditional tour operators can put together a full itinerary and arrange all the details of a trip for you, but many take you on predictable routes.
We try to find the best of both worlds - connections to small, locally-run businesses and communities who can take care of the details for you while maintaining a truly personal approach to travel.
We invite you to check it out for yourself!